Photos from Hood River News archives
THE HOOD RIVER VALLEY High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducting its 2016 class in a ceremony next month. We spent time this week digging through the News archives to find news clippings and photos of their achievements from back in the day. This year’s class almost exclusively features coaches and athletes from the 1980s, with one inductee representing the 1990s. They are, in the top row from left to right: Allison Raymond, a two-time state champion in the 100-meter high hurdles; David Adams, who played baseball for HRV and made first team All-State in 1985; and Doug Sawyer, head coach of the Eagles baseball team when the squad won its first state championship in 1980. Front row: Tonja Hill, named second team All-State in volleyball and named second team All-State in basketball twice; Les Perkins, named first team All-State for football; and Travis Neal, named first team All-State as an outfielder for baseball.
The Hood River Valley High School Hall of Fame Committee has made its selections for the 2016 class of athletes who will be inducted during next month’s Hall of Fame game and weekend celebration that runs Sept. 23 and 24 (see the end of the article for more information on those events).
The HRVHS Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony was started nine years ago as a way to honor athletes from all different sports for a variety of accomplishments, both individual and team. Typical inductees to the Hall of Fame will be a member of a state championship team, or the entire team itself, a winner of an individual state championship, a first team or second team All-State athlete, a prominent coach, or a community member who has made a significant contribution to local sports.
The 2016 class are nearly all individuals who made their mark on HRV squads in the 1980s, with one of the inductees representing the 1990s. Of the six inductees, one is recognized for his time as a coach at HRVHS, while others are getting recognized for their achievements as athletes.
Below are the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees:
David Adams, who played varsity baseball for the Eagles, is getting recognized for his first team All-State selection as outfielder in 1985. Adams was a junior in the 1985 season and helped lead his team to a semifinal playoff spot in the 2A state tournament. He was the first HRV baseball player ever to receive a 2A first team All-State selection and the first player to receive a first team All-State designation since Eugenio “Pepe” Quintanilla in 1981 (HRV was a 3A school back then).
In his senior year, Adams, who was selected to All-League that season, was a member of an Eagles squad that won the 1986 state title. He was second on the team in hitting that season with 35 hits.
The sole inductee from the 1990s in the 2016 class is Tonja Hill, who was a multi-sport athlete in her time at HRV and is receiving recognition for her achievements in both volleyball and basketball. In her junior year, Hill was named second team All-State for basketball after averaging 16.6 points per game during the 1992-93 season and scoring the second most points in 3A state tournament play (73). That year, the Eagles attained a win-loss record of 17-3 and a fourth-place finish in the state tourney — the best finish the Eagles have ever had.
Hill followed that up in the 1993-94 season with another second team All-State selection in a senior year that saw her average 17.4 points a game and a total 453 points that season (a career total of 1,108), which was the highest of any Eagle ever. She scored over 25 percent of the Eagles’ 1,552 points that season, which to this date is a record for most points ever scored by an HRV girls basketball squad. The Eagles also finished fourth in the state tournament that year and achieved a 20-7 record.
Hill was also named second team All-State for volleyball in her senior year. She helped HRV to a state tourney appearance and an 11-9 overall record, leading HRV in hitting. In tournament play, she had 17 kills and an 83-percent serving rate.
Travis Neal makes the list here for being named first team All-State as an outfielder at the conclusion of the 1982 season during Neal’s senior year. Neal had a stellar .361 batting average that spring and was noted in a Jun. 23, 1982, Hood River News article as having “led HRV in several departments offensively during the spring, and came on strong in the end as a pitcher.” Neal helped the team to make the state tournament that season and also competed in the All-Star game, during which he was named “State’s Most Inspirational Player.” He was also a member of HRV baseball’s 1980 state championship team. He would eventually be offered a baseball scholarship to attend Oregon State University.
In addition to baseball, Neal was a force on the gridiron. In the 1981 season, Neal was named third-team All-State as a wide receiver and received an honorable mention as a running back. He also received an honorable mention for All-Metro honors in his role as a wideout. In his senior season, Neal amassed 423 yards on 79 carries (5.4 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns as a back and 372 yards on 21 catches as a receiver, boasting an impressive stat of 17.7 yards per reception.
These days, Les Perkins makes the paper as a member of the Hood River County Board of Commissioners, but back in the 1980s, Perkins saw his name in print more than a few times as a member of the 1989 HRV varsity football team that won the school’s first-ever — and to date, only — state football championship. That year, Perkins was co-captain of a team that never lost a game and he also received first team All-State honors as a defensive lineman, as well as an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star football game, where he played as center. Perkins also was on the varsity wrestling team.
Allison Raymond makes the list for winning an individual track and field state championship, not once, but twice in the same event. In 1983, when she was just a freshman, Raymond took first in the 100-meter high hurdles at the 2A state meet with a time of 15.58 seconds. It was the first individual state championship in track and field for HRV since 1978. Raymond did it again in 1985 as a junior, taking the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.98.
Raymond also was a member of the HRV varsity basketball team, receiving an honorable mention for All-State during her junior year. In the 1984-85 season, Raymond averaged 10 points and seven rebounds a game and led the Eagles in field goal percentage (45 percent) and had an impressive tally of 4.1 blocked shots per game.
Concluding our alphabetical order of the 2016 inductee list is Doug Sawyer, who served as head coach for the HRV varsity baseball team from 1979-1983. Sawyer led the team to the state tournament every year that he coached and also helped deliver HRV its first-ever state championship baseball title in 1980. In the four years under his leadership, the Eagles also added three league titles and a win-loss record of “near 80-30,” according to an Aug. 11, 1982, News article.
HRVHS will also be inducting members of the 2015 Hall of Fame class. Those include Eugenio “Pepe” Quintanilla, Phil Nolin, Ed Wells, Ed Drew, Jacobe Krizman, Meagan Flem, the 1962 Hood River High School Blue Dragons basketball team, and the 1977 HRV boys and girls ski team. For more info, check out last year’s profiles on the coaches and athletes who made up the 2015 list at hoodrivernews.com/news/2015/aug/08/hrv-high-school-athletic-hall-fame-committee-annou.
Hall of Fame celebration
The Hall of Fame celebration weekend will kick off (literally) with the HRV/Bend football game that starts Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m., which will feature the hat ceremony at halftime.
The fun continues Sept. 24 with the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament at 8:30 a.m. at Indian Creek Golf Course (cost is $75 per person).
The weekend will conclude with the Hall of Fame awards banquet at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Cost is $40 per person; inductees get in free.
Those with questions can contact HRVHS Athletic Director Tom Ames at 386-2318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.